Course Title: Global Political Economy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Political Economy

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 2 2024


RMIT University Vietnam


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Viet1 2016,
Viet2 2017,
Viet3 2017,
Viet1 2018

Course Coordinator: Professor Bruce Wilson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0873

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8. Floor 10. Room 24

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces students to the many ways in which politics and economics intersect and interlink, globally. Rather than understanding the global economy as being separate from political processes, the course examines the relationship between the two to consider the political, social, and environmental implications of different economic systems and decisions, as these occur in local, global and regional contexts. Key concepts explored include: the role of the state in guiding the economy, privatisation versus state ownership of public services, the global distribution of wealth and poverty, and the sustainability of contemporary capitalism. Several case studies are drawn on to examine these themes, such as global labour migration, the increasing influence of multinational corporations, and emerging threats to environmental security. The course seeks to equip students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds with the critical skills to more deeply understand the breadth of social and political outcomes that emerge from an increasingly integrated global economy. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

BP332 Bachelor of International Studies

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of language, global cultures, international relations, and economic issues to your professional practice or further study.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge about a rapidly changing world derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems.
  • Assist in the identification of needs, the design, planning, resourcing and implementation of research and development projects in international and cross-cultural settings. 

BH108 Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) 

  • Critically reflect on the interconnectedness of environmental, social, economic systems both locally and internationally and apply in your professional practice or further study.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural and social sensitivity, environmental stewardship and ethical and reflective practice. 

BP000 Bachelor of Environment and Society

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of principles and practice of natural resource policy, sustainability, globalisation and environmental management to professional practice or further study.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge related to the social implications of environmental concerns and challenges both in Australia and globally. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how processes, phenomena and ideologies related to the global economy intersect and interlink with politics, and vice versa. 
  2. Explain major aspects of the global economy, the way these intersect with the political, and how different groups’ economic interests and political views impact on business, politics, the environment, and society. 
  3. Critically reflect on, evaluate, and analyse scholarly debates and concepts related to global political economy. 
  4. Apply theoretical approaches to ‘real world’ scenarios involving issues of global political economy. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a variety of learning activities, including lectures, tutorials, and small group discussion. Several hours of self-directed study and writing is also expected each week. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Reading materials for this course will be made available via Canvas. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Responses to Readings (15%), CLO1, CLO2, CLO3

Assessment Task 2: Professional Writing Task (45%), 1200 words, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

Assessment Task 3: Group Work Project (40%), approx. 500 words per student and oral presentation, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.